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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This smooth lager strikes a delicate balance between malt and hops in the aroma, palate, finish and body. It has more body and less hops than a Pilsner, and less malt and more hops than a Munich style lager. 30 IBU.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
A very good beer. I am a big fan of great lakes and I have to say they’ve done it again. It is very robust yet has some complicated flavors that make it interesting. A great choice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
A very good lager!!! satisfying and refresing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2002
A little too bitter for me. Also a very strong hops aftertaste. I think this beer was a little overrated. It is descent, but not really anything special. An above average lager that tastes a lot like an ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2002
A lot more here than i expected, and like someone else mentioned it is very ale-like. Hoppy, creamy head, a dark golden color. Floral and citrusy notes, like many ales. A lot of good malt body that made this beer feel very solid and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2002
thinking this would be a vapid, washed out demi-lager, i was surprised to see a saute-pan copper pouring with a thin but pretty head that anxiously swells with a light swirl. a bread and jam aroma is enticing if not riveting. a soft palate, perfect balance. not a huge flavor, but a mighty big ’little’ beer.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 21, 2002
Possibly the best lager (though I’m not a lager fan) I have ever had. Crisp and satisfying and very well-balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Grade update Jan. ’05:



As good as a traditional lager might expect to be (basically German as done by an American microbrewery), but it’s a far, far cry from perfection once you’ve tasted a great Imperial IPA or American Strong Ale, not to name any names. I may have to start downgrading a bunch of beers I’ve already rated, now that they simply pale in comparison to the Best. Between 3 (just above average) and 3.5 (pretty solid stuff).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Pleasantly thick malty aroma and flavor. Good solid hopping. This is a very nice lager. There is a very nice fresh mown hay quality in this beer. I would love the opportunity for this to be my lawnmowing beer. Thanks PsychProf!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 (Re-rate)Deep golden. Nice white head. Slightly toasted and loaded with german malts. The body is fantasticly full, rich and almost thick with a luscious, rich malt profile with hints of toast and caramel. Rounded out nicely by what seems to be a mix of saaz and hallertau hops. Dripping with flavor and depth. Very crisp and refreshing, possesing superb balance. One of the best lagers I ever had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2002
Most impressive. Huge head, multilayered, with the big bubbles around the side forcing the compact central head to contract. Or is that my pinhead at the end of a grueling term? Anyway, toasty, malty, excellent aroma, a touch of maybe Saaz. Most folks here say full-bodied, and I agree...for a lager this is exceptionally well-built. Crisp. I have to let it warm and see if it retains that flavor and crispness, as VENOM claims.


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