BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good lager!!! satisfying and refresing.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Rib Eye (144) - USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Possibly the best lager (though I’m not a lager fan) I have ever had. Crisp and satisfying and very well-balanced.
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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).
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.