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Great Lakes Brewery Green Tea Ale

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Beer brewed with Organic Green Tea and ginseng.

In our pursuit to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty spring ale. Handcrafted with specialty malts and hops, we added carefully selected Organic Gunpowder Green Tea and fresh Ontario grown ginseng directly into the brew. Like green leaves sprouting, this beer boasts a refreshing and slightly herbal flavour that pairs well with lobster, pad thai, spring rolls or sesame chicken. Available only for a limited time.

samzim's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samzim (390) - Ontario, - JAN 20, 2014
Herbal aroma with scent of yeast, and bread. Hazy gold colour. Flavour of green tea, ginseng, malt, and honey. Mild sweetness with a slight bitterness at the end. Light body with mild carbonation. Green tea flavour is not as prominent as I expected but still, a pleasant sipping beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (877) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled. I found this bottle in my friend’s mom’s basement in Toronto. I have no idea how long it has been fridged there haha. Anyway, I smell green tea and some ginger, no hops. Color is unfoltered thick light brown like a green tea soda. Taste is bitter green tea, ginger with a bitter finish. Overall nothing special but I am not sure about the BBD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
Unclear brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of grass, hops, fresh, sweets - butter?, grapefruit and pines. A flavor of grass, grapefruit, bitter, sweets and fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thorongil2 (2412) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
(bottle) hazy pale copper colour with a medium tall white head; faint aroma of caramel and bread; watery palate; faint refreshing flavour; nothing bad but very watery in every aspect

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Gimicky. Glad I paid only $2 for a taster at the Rhino summer fest and didn’t have to drink a full bottle of this. What’s the point? Golden cloudy with a little head and lacing. Some green tea. I guess it stops cancer but otherwise? Ughh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
650 mL Bottle. yellow-gold body with a rocky white head settling to a thin film leaving stringy lace. Aroma of grains, sweet light malt, bread, yeast, and herbs. Green tea does accompany the light sweet malts, herbal notes, and not-too-imposing hops in the flavor. There is a clean herbal finish that gives it a refreshing character. Its relatively light octane makes it a good summertime beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Canmoore (408) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
This beer pours a somewhat cloudy straw colour, with a thin white head. The aroma is of green tea, ginseng, and grassy. The taste has some green tea notes, blended with ginseng and vegetable. The aftertaste is slightly medicinal. Not a bad brew, but not the greatest neither.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
Dorée, légèrement voilée, fin col de mousse supporté par une effervescence régulière. Nez mielleux, sucré, évoque légèrement le caramel. Le thé vert perce en profondeur. Une sensation de thé glacé en bouche, avec des points plus sucrées pour briser le rythme. L’amertume s’installe tardivement. Saveurs intéressantes, produit bien dosé, mais loin d’être la plus grande fierté canadienne... (j’ai préféré leur bière au zeste d’orange).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy orange, white head. Aroma is mostly citrus, some grassy notes. Soft, watery mouthfeel. Mildly bitter throughout. I got the tea on the palate, but nothing of the ginseng. Clean finish. Not very exciting, but refreshing on a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (5130) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
65 cl achetée quelque part sur la rue Yonge et partagée avec des amis. Un liquide blond qui s’embrouille. Un simple anneau de mousse. Un nez très léger de thé glacé au citron. Des saveurs de thé et d’herbes qui rappellent la feuille et son petit sous-bois terreux. De timides apparitions de notes d’agrumes. Une bouche légère et ses bulles assez actives. Une texture huileuse. Une finale de feuilles sèches et de feuilles infusées. Facile à boire mais sans réel intérêt malgré le fait qu’elle soit aucunement sucrée.

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