ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!! My bell has been rung! The folks at Great Lakes Brewing aren’t taking any prisoners. I can’t believe something this good is coming out of Cleveland.
This well crafted brew could quickly become habit forming. This brew pours a medium
hazy amber with a small amount of body particles. The huge frothy bone colored head is
fully lasting and has excellent lacing - in a word; outstanding. The aroma is very fresh.
The nose is moderately malty with hints of sweet cereal, ultralight in the hop department,
and lightly yeasty with hints of soap. There was a nice balance
between the three - in a word stellar. The flavor is unbelievably balanced; moderately sweet and bitter
initially with a moderately sweet and bitter finish of longish duration. The palate is perfect
with medium to full body, creamy soft texture, and a clean dry astringency to the finish. This
beer has body, if you can’t feel it, you’re spending too much time looking at the glass. I
keep thinking “little sips, little sips” because of the cost - but I feel myself deeply desiring
to “quaff” this beer. I finally have an accurate understanding of the word imbibe. Think
“liquid crack” but cheaper. Drink at your own risk!!!
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not their best but not awful either. I’m a huge lager fan and this stuff isn’t cheap enough to drink while cooking bratwurst, but not good enough to drink alone. I’ve bought it in the past, and may well buy it again, but there are other brews at better prices i prefer. Full bodied lager that has little head, light finish, feels weird drinking it on a Summer’s da,y but not right ofr winter either.... February 29th beer maybe?
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really liked this lager. Distinct but good flavor, a lot different than most beers, good for a change.
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden. Herbal nose, big malty body. Complex, with loads of different flavours.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice beer. Flavorful, hoppy-ish, I could drink this over and over again. I am starting to realize I like the Great Lakes Brewing Co. I wrote that on 4/27/01 with a 3.8 rating... I’m increasing my rating. This is a very good beer.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this American effort at a European style. Very malty, but with an oaty-graininess that keeps it in check. Well-balanced and dry towards the end. Emminently quaffable, even compulsively so. Thanks ’Trappist Ales Rule,’ another winner from Great Lakes!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Healthy head with a nice apricot color. Wonderful aroma. Friendly to the palate. Very well balanced and tasty. Seemed a little overly carbonated in the finish, but at least it was ’clean.’ Overall, a rather enjoyable and easy-to-drink brew... yet another great Great Lakes beer.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A well made example of the style. Enjoyed it on the premises in Cleveland
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice Dortmunder lager but I’ve never been one to jump on the bandwagon of Great Lakes just for the sake of jumping. While its true their beers offer good fresh flavor, I prefer the Select Lager from Great Lakes’ crosstown rival Crooked River. Dortmunder Gold has a good balance of malt and hops and is enjoyable in every way...but is it really worth the higher price? Once they passed the $7.00 mark for a 6-pack I think they started thinking more of their product than they have the right to.
tourette (203) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good lager. I usually don’t care much for lagers, but this one is outstanding.