hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drink so few lagers these days that this beer seemed boring. Let's see, orange-straw colored with little head. The lacing was nice on this one, though. Definte honey in the aroma, with hints of peach and maybe orange. Taste is just too smooth (like I said, lot's of ales) with a slightly sweet medium mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness grabs you just as you swallow, but nothing to speak of. This is a very drinkable beer, and I would try it again. I would definately like to find it on tap.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too bad of a beer. Boring orange hue. Nice palate, but nothing too special. aroma is pleasent, but has not lasting mark.
mikeyj80 (22) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great beer, even better on tap. This is a fairly unique flavored beer, not many i’ve tried are anything like it. It takes a little getting used to, in fact i really disliked it the first time I tried it, but it grows on you.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, warm golden body, moderately carbonated. Aroma is doughy, lots of crystal malt, honey, and herbal European hops. I find this to be quite similar to certain APAs; caramel malt balanced by a piney bitterness. Very enjoyable.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An exceptional offering from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland. One of my favorite road drinks and is one of the first items I’ll scope out when I visit Cleveland. Like the Vienna Amber (Eliot Ness) from Great Lakes Brewing, the Dortmunder Gold is an excellent draught specialty, which sadly I’ve yet to find west of the Rockies.
The Great Lakes Dortmunder is my personal favorite in this style of brew and is one of the easiest drinking (bitter) beers around. I’ve found it to be extremely enjoyable on its own, with appetizers, and even with a meal, particularly fish dishes such as halibut or grilled prawns.
If you’re looking for a nice medium bodied brew, don’t hesitate to tackle this one, particularly if you’re looking for something with a little more bang than a simple pilsner.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
While certainly a craft brew, this amazingly tame style just sort of sits there on the table. It has nothing interesting to say. It just sits and listens. 30 I.B.U.’s and simple caramel matiness.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Strong malt backbone with enough hop to make it crisp and easy drinking. Sweet aroma and flavor, maybe even a hint of honey.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent lager. Great Lakes does it again. Great dry taste smooth mildly hoppy finish.
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious Germanic-spirited beer that comes from such a dismal place like Cleveland!
THis is far from dismal fortunately as are most of Great Lakes beers ..
They seem to be having success across most of the board.
This one is really nice alone or with light German food i’d say .
I’m on the West coast of Canada at the moment and cannot find any Great Lakes for sale here, as they seem to keep most of the American micros out of the liquor stores. I intend on getting some when i’m back in States .
Party on !
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: After finding it on tap I have to raise my rating a bit. This beer is very well rounded. It’s one of those brews you’d like to have if you were stranded on some island. Very refreshing, but somehow not lacking in complexity.
A great Ohio brew. My personal favorite when back in the heartland.